Serve and protect
For Vitus Hale, only one mission has ever gone wrong. All he had to do was rescue a beautiful woman from her kidnappers. But falling hard into bed—and into love—with the stunning innocent was not part of the game plan, and when she leaves him in the dust, Vitus has nothing but a blemished record and a hardened heart. Now, after three long years, his beauty has finally come back into his life—and this time, failure is not an option…
Seduce and destroy
Damascus Ryland knew from their first steamy embrace that stoic warrior Vitus Hale is the only man for her, but when her power-hungry Congressman father offered her an ultimatum—sever ties with Vitus, or he dies—Damascus knew she had to walk away to save the man she loved. But now, three years later, a new threat is closing in on her—and tossing Vitus right back into her life. Damascus needs to keep her love for him locked in her heart if she is to keep him safe, but the old flame that burned between them is still as vibrant and hot as ever. Now, Damascus and Vitus must risk it all to find their freedom…and embrace their love…
I really liked how this book started. I love it when a suspense book begins with an exciting opening rescue scene…
…And then the hero and heroine were immediately in love, and things went strange!
Dare You to Run was a book of contradictions. Good suspense set-ups with characters who made no sense. A first kiss that happened totally out of the blue – and OFF THE PAGE! – followed by insta-love that was impossible to believe in.
Beginning with a rescue, where the heroine had been kept in a dark concrete hole in the ground for days, we have our two leads lusting after each other from the first moment they meet face to face. Remember: she has been prisoner in a hole in the ground for days!
Our hero thinks this in one paragraph:
He could smell the blood on her, and the stench of being kept in that concrete tomb for the last week.
And this two paragraphs later:
There was no way not to notice how good she smelled.
But no matter what he thinks, in the next chapter he is professing his love for her to anyone he sees, in language more suited to historical romance than the US Special Forces.
Add to that the fact the hero is called Vitus, has a heroine from a staunch conservative background who is improbably called Damascus, and has a brother named Saxon… I come from a family of “ethnic” (to Anglo/English-speaking people) names, so I don’t expect everyone to be called Jack and Jane, but this was too much.
In the end, I was very disappointed with what started out as a promising book.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.